This Day in Pirate History - 1/31

Sunday, January 31 2010 @ 05:28 am UTC

Contributed by: Staff

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in Pirates history, 4 different players over 4 different years were elected to the Hall of Fame. In 1977, Al Lopez who played for the Bucs from 1940-46 gained his election. He was inducted for his managerial record which included 10 2nd place and 2 first place finishes in his 15 full seasons. He did have a good playing career as a catcher. He was a 2 time All-Star who caught 1,918 games, and he was the Pirates main backstop from his acquisition midseason 1940 till the 1946 season when the Bucs used 4 different catchers.

Jake Beckley who played for the Pirates from 1888-89, 91-96 was elected to the HOF on this date in 1971. A career .308 hitter, he had 2930 hits which ranked him 2nd alltime when he retired in 1907. He scored 1600 runs while driving in 1575 runs. From 1893-95, he hit over .300, with 100+ runs,100+ rbi's each year. He still ranks 4th in career triples with 243, he had 315 stolen bases and was known as an above average fielding first baseman in his day.

Pud Galvin, a teammate of Beckley who pitched for the Bucs from 1887-89, 91-92 was elected to the HOF in 1965. While with the Pirates he won 93 of his career 364 wins. He retired as the all-time winningest pitcher in 1892. He was later surpassed by Cy Young, but he still ranks 5th all-time to this day. Career he is 2nd in innings pitched and complete games trailing only Young. Despite his impressive win total, and career stats he was never the single season leader in wins, strikeouts or ERA.

Paul Waner, who played for the Pirates from 1926-1940 was elected to the Hall in 1952. It was 11 years to the day earlier, that he signed with Brooklyn, officially ending his Bucs career (He was released in Dec 1940). Paul hit over .300 13 times while with the Bucs, topping out at .380 during the Bucs pennant winning 1927 season. Career he batted .333 with 3152 hits and 1627 runs scored. He was the 1927 MVP and he batted .333 during the W.S. Paul ranks 2nd in team history in runs and 3rd in hits. He also played alongside his HOF brother Lloyd from 1927-1940.

In 1950 the Bucs signed pitcher Paul Pettit out of high school for a record signing of $100,000. He would pitch parts of just 2 seasons with the Pirates, appearing in 12 games total with a record of 1-2 7.34. The Pirates would also be the only team he played for in the majors.

Players born on this date include Jot Goar, who was born in 1870 and made his ML debut with the 1896 Pirates team. A small right-handed relief pitcher, he started the regular season on the Bucs roster and made his debut on April 18th of that year. He pitched just 3 games total giving up 25 runs in 13 1/3 innings. He also allowed 44 runners and had an ERA of 16.88 with one loss to his credit. He played just one more game, pitching 2 innings, 2 years later for the Reds.

Ken Gables was another right-handed reliever for the Bucs born on this date (1919). He had an impressive 1945 rookie season going 11-7 4.15 in 29 games, 16 as a starter. He was 1 of 5 Pirates starters to have double digit wins that season. The next year he pitched 32 games, just 7 as a starter and went 2-4 5.27. The 1948 season would be his last and he appeared in just 1 game, giving up 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning.

Ted Power who turns 48 today stays in the theme of right-handed relievers born on this date for the Pirates. He played just one year for the Bucs, but he picked a good year, 1990, as that would be his only postseason appearance in his 13 year career. He pitched 40 games, going 1-3 3.66 with 7 saves. In the NLCS he pitched 3 games vs the Reds, and even saved game 1 which the Bucs won 4-3 in Cincinnati. In his career he went 68-69 4.00 with 70 saves in 564 games.

Don Songer, who played for the Bucs from 1924-1927, was born in 1900 on this date. He was a lefty reliever for the Bucs, and played during 2 of their World Series seasons. He is one of 26 players to play on 2 Pirates teams that would go on to play in the World Series, but he's also just 1 of 2,out of those 26, to not appear for the team in the World Series (Frank Taveras 1971,1979 being the other). Songer joined the Bucs late season 1924 and only pitched one full season (1926) with them. He posted a 7-8 3.13 record in 35 games for the Bucs in 1926, but ended up going to the Giants just 2 appearances into the 1927 season. He finished his career 10-14 3.38 in 71 games, with 49 of those games coming in a Pirates uniform.

John "Stuffy" Stewart, born in 1894, was a second baseman who played parts of 8 seasons in the majors from 1916-1929, but got into just 176 games total. He had a brief stint with the Pirates in 1922 after not appearing in the majors since 1917. While with Pittsburgh he played just 3 games and went 2-13 (.154) while scoring 3 runs. He also made 2 errors in the field. He played just 4 games for the Dodgers the next year before finally sticking in the majors with the Senators for 2 seasons in 1926-27 when he appeared in 118 games total.

Finally, Al Buckenberger, born way back in 1861, managed the Pirates from 1892-1894. His first managing job was with Columbus of the American Association in 1889-1890 and he had a 99-119 record. His first year with the Bucs he lasted just 17 games before being switched to GM duties. When his replacement, Tom Burns didn't work out, he went back to managing and Burns became the 3rd base coach. The Pirates finished 6th that year. The next year they would finish with a 81-48 record and just 5 games back of Boston. Buckenberger would last 110 games in 1894 before being replaced by Connie Mack, who would go on to the Hall of Fame, winning more games than any other manager in baseball history. Al won 187 games total with the Bucs.